Tuesday, August 27, 2013

When Another's Decision Not to Immunize Affects You

 Perhaps by now you have read about the measles outbreak that is taking place at Eagle Mountain International Church, a mega-church just outside of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Twenty-one people have contracted the measles, with those affected ranging in age from four months to forty-four years.

The children who have been infected by the disease all share something in common -- they are homeschooled. And, the majority of them have not been vaccinated. Pointing out this fact is not to make any judgments on the way in which parents choose to educate their children, but rather noted because children entering the public school system would have been required to have their vaccinations current.

The senior pastor at the church, Terri Pearsons, is now encouraging her congregants to get their children vaccinated unless their convictions strongly tell them otherwise, and even has held clinics to share information with those who may be worried about the possible impacts of these shots on young kids.

Whether or not you choose to vaccinate in your family is a personal decision that should come from research and reflection on your moral and/or religious convictions. But what if your child falls sick due to another person's decision not to immunize? What if your toddler son or daughter, who is still too young to have had the series of shots to protect against the measles, is infected by an older child who never was vaccinated? Who should be held accountable?

If you believe your family member became ill through the negligence or lack of disclosure by another party, be it with measles or any other communicable disease, you may be entitled to some compensation. You need to get in touch with one of the experienced personal injury attorneys at Bertolino LLP to share your story and learn what we can do to help. Your child's health matters.

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